HTC ThunderBolt vs Motorola DROID X web browsing times
Here, we noticed something interesting. Even though web pages started to load faster on the ThunderBolt, they finished at about the same time on it and on the DROID X. We tried several page loads, and both were only within a second or two of each other.
So it appears that even though the 4G LTE network is capable of faster download speeds (as shown in our speed test video) the web browser on the ThunderBolt is finishing to load pages at about the same speed at the DROID X.
We will continue to test the browser speed on the ThunderBolt over the next few days and will update if there are any changes.
As some of you have commented below, the DROID X did load a few pages slightly faster than the ThunderBolt, but the reason we believe this happened is because our DROID X is rooted and has a program installed for it not to load web-page banner ads that are Flash based. The ThunderBolt is not rooted and will load all Flash ads, so that is why some pages on it took slightly longer to load. But for a stock DROID X that isn't rooted and will load all Flash content (including ads) the ThunderBolt should be a bit faster. We have also noticed that downloading apps from the Android Market are also much faster on the ThunderBolt than the DROID X, as well as connecting to Google Maps, VCast Video, and file attachment downloads.
Guys, sorry about forgetting to un-root the DROID X first. We have done this now so it will load all flash files and web ads. The ThunderBolt is taking 22 seconds to fully load the PhoneArena.com home page, while the DROID X is taking 45 seconds. We will have a new full video review of the ThunderBolt up that will show this.
Here is our latest video, in which we have the DROID X back to stock (un-rooted). As you can see, the ThunderBolt does load web pages faster.
1. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)
Looks like a clunker right of the bat for Vzw. Too bad. Looks like they just keep coming up with reasons to try to keep people off their supposed 4g network. Wonder why lol.
30. htc_prep (Posts: 303; Member since: 09 Oct 2009)
If its anything like the evo (which I own) browsing is comparable to other 3g devices. I tested it against a bold and an optimus and while my phone was on 4g they loaded about the same time. mine with a slight lead. But when downloading the evo blew it out the water. I know WiMAX and LTE and the evo and thunderbolt are worlds apart but in theory it should be the same since they are made by the same manufacturer OS is the same. The evo reserves the energy while doing simple chores. ie browsing. and flexes its might when doing laborious tasks so that the 4g radio doesn't burn out because you'll notice that while 4g is on and downloading and browsing and WiFi tethering and listening to your music your phone will get hot. as a Sprint tech that's a common complaint of the evo I hear daily.
It's just a built in tool to preserve the life of the phone and not a counter per se
2. seriously? (unregistered)
"they pretty much load at the same time"
the droid x clearly finished first on every page you tried... way to sugar coat it
3. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 461; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)
I know right. The Droid x just destroyed the "1 giant leap for Verizon". Maybe just maybe, Verizon is just a reliable network with ok data speeds.
10. MOTOX (unregistered)
You guys are pretty ignorant of the video....if you look you can clearly see that the thunderbolt has 5 flash adds on the sides and tops while the droid x did not have any flash adds on...maybe they were disabled...
14. tragichero (Posts: 163; Member since: 07 Jan 2011)
totally agree. its clear as day phone arena has pulled a fast one just to make verizon look bad once again as they attempt to do in every article. its pathetic. fox news of phones!!!!
18. thekai12 (Posts: 25; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
the thunderbolt loads faster if you use opera
4. CHEFJEFF (Posts: 143; Member since: 22 Sep 2009)
What the Hell is this guy talking about?
The Droid X loaded faster in every test, how can he say it's the same??
And I was really thinking about getting this phone thinking it would be so much faster, I'm sticking with my Droid X.
5. twashington4 (Posts: 81; Member since: 24 May 2010)
It's going to take a while for this phone to actually distinguish itself from others that are basically in its same class that have been around before it (Droid 2, Droid X, Evo, Epic). Sure you'll see better benchmarks because it's got better internals, but for every day use are you really going to notice any real, substantial difference? I can understand if I'm comparing this to a HTC Hero, but a Droid X? Other than benchmarks, navigating around the phone, making calls, and using apps will essentially be the same experience.
7. bossmt_2 (Posts: 437; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)
This isn't a network issue. As you can see by the status bar the page download was much faster on the Thunderbolt. But it too forever to render. I don't have the hardware to do it but I think if you ran the test on Skyfire Thunderbolt would probably win. IIRC HTC's webbrowser is slower than stock Android.Of course there's a chance even in Skyfire that the X is faster, which then would have to do with processor, ram, etc. probably also from not running Sense.
8. testman22 (Posts: 337; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)
Id really like to see a comparison of some streaming video- I think that would more accurately show the benefits of 4G (or lack thereof)
9. chuckchizzle (Posts: 8; Member since: 17 Mar 2011)
I dont have 4G in my part of the country(Hamton Roads Va) but I am playing with the Thunderbolt,Incredible, and Droid X now. Loading pages from the network(not WiFi)
my personal speed test. 1. Droid X (7 of 10 times) Thunderbolt (2 of 10 times) incredible(1 of 10) times. just my personal test of ten sites loaded up.
15. bossmt_2 (Posts: 437; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)
Kinda confirms what I say. The X has an amazing internal hardware and a better browser for speed, since it uses stock, while HTC adds options to their sense browser. Or just having Sense running creates a drain on the browser performance.
11. curious (unregistered)
My question is... If Verizon is so great, why couldn't they get the skype mobile working? I just called Verizon and they can't even confirm that it will be compatible on this phone in the near future...
12. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
The droid seems to be faster it seems. Also, the droid's screen looks much better.
13. tragichero (Posts: 163; Member since: 07 Jan 2011)
i have a thunderbolt and an X in my hand and i got to say that even though i love motorola.... the thunderbolt is blowing it out of the water. loading pages, video, download speeds, upload.... everything is better. i heard from another guy saying he see's the same thing. i think im done here on phone arena. its clear that they are bias and hate verizon so much they gota pull a fox news and make the obvious apppear to be incorrect. look at any other phone site and they say the opposite. this is ridiculous. and some of you people that constentally slam verizon with your comments on article after article have no credibility....
16. Mjolnir22 (Posts: 4; Member since: 17 Mar 2011)
Agreed. You guys should go hit up a store that has this on display and try it out. It's pretty nuts. Streaming/downloads are super fast. Browsing seemed really quick too. We're talking home cable internet speeds over the air. I don't see how the droid x could win over that other than having a better browser.
17. Ralston1983 (Posts: 65; Member since: 03 Feb 2011)
http://twitpic.com/4afdr1 - did a speed test in Nj and this is my results
19. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
"As some of you have commented below, the DROID X did load a few pages slightly faster than the ThunderBolt, but the reason we believe this happened is because our DROID X is rooted and has a program installed for it not to load web-page banner ads that are Flash based." < O_O Woah! phonearena actually reads our comments? lol
20. vzwfanman (unregistered)
this guy is an idiot. and the stupid phone arena website has more ads than any other wesbite!!! this is ridiculous. i can't even use the wesbite on my phone without getting a popup. epic fail. get a stock droid x right out of the box redoo this video. also get better 4G coverage.
21. sean myers (unregistered)
lolz droid x is faster what a joke....Verizon needs to work on their 4g network or htc claims they did something to their phone that they really didn't. That looks like the htc incredible would be faster hahahaha
22. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)
Its funny to see apple fans who hate it when anyone who isn't a drone comments on any aspect of apple anything, and then they're on here chiming in with all their opinions about an android phone. Pathetic.
23. trin (Posts: 88; Member since: 11 May 2010)
LMAO@ "oh by the way the droid x is rooted and set not to load the web page fully.."
But u know a fair test otherwise. smh
25. jkapster (Posts: 49; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)
these phones have nothing on the phones to come later this yr. the LG optimus 3D will smoke all of these phones. dual-core, dual-memory, dual-channel. all the ingredients for a super-fast smart phone.
26. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
I tested my ip4 along with these two devices in loading the phone arena web page, and my iphone loaded the site first :)
27. thunderbolt4G (unregistered)
You guys are terrible. There is no way that a stock Droid X could beat a thunderbolt. I should know I had 3 Droid X's and they were all lemoms. You guys are clowns. This site is wack and I agree with everyone else you guys definitely don't have credibility.
Ps.. tell the truth.
28. Fred (unregistered)
Here is what I would like to know.... if you are not planning to get a Thunderbolt, why do you care? If your perception of the Droid X is faster, get the Droid X. Already have the Droid X? Shut up then. Why does society have to turn EVERYTHING into a competition? I plan to get a Thunderbolt. I don't care if the Droid X loaded a webpage .6 seconds faster. REALLY, all of you who are flipping out have SO LITTLE to do with your lives that you have to have a meltdown over a one or two second lag loading a webpage on a phone you have no intention on owning? Weak.
29. Mjolnir22 (Posts: 4; Member since: 17 Mar 2011)
So why would you test a rooted flash disabled browser vs a non rooted flash enabled browser and think it was worthy of posting? Do you guys have issues with Verizon or something?
32. Watercycle (unregistered)
i must say HTC does load faster IF you excluded the ads. but they didn't, which is NOT the droid x's problem. then again i'm sure on some specific webpages that will come as a burden.
also maybe it's just me but the droid x seemed to respond a little better while scrolling, i would've liked to see it zoom =O